On the eve of the NBA Draft fans and analyst alike are mock drafting, conspiracy theorizing, hoping, praying etc…. The only thing that is certain outside of Anthony Davis being selected first, is the fact that the Washington Wizards are more dependent on the Charlotte Bobcats than a reality TV wife is on spousal support.
The Charlotte Bobcats have a plethora of options with the #2 pick in this draft. The Bobcats whom finished (7-59) last season also have a plethora of needs, which means Michael Jordan & Co. could go a million different directions. The Bobcats literally could draft for any position or trade the pick for a veteran player and a lower pick.
Charlotte’s web of uncertainty leaves the Wizards in a position in which, Ernie Grumfeld & the Wizards brass have to be prepared to be flexible. The Wizards have to enter the Prudential Center with a number of scenarios in mind:
Scenario 1: The Bobcats draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the #2 pick. Leaving Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson & Harrison Barnes on the board.
Downside: When it comes to drafts when analyst talk about a guy more than the consensus #1 pick he’s usually overhyped.
My Opinion: Draft Thomas Robinson 6’-9” skilled and athletic would add depth to Wizards frontline.
Scenario 2: The Bobcats draft Thomas Robinson with the #2 pick. Leaving Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes & Bradley Beal on the board.
Wizards Would Probably: Draft Bradley Beal.
Downside: When it comes to drafts when analyst talk about a guy more than the consensus #1 pick he’s usually overhyped (cough cough).
Scenario 3: The Bobcats draft Bradley Beal with the #2 pick. Leaving Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes & Thomas Robinson on the board.
Downside: I could be wrong and Bradley Beal pans out and becomes an all-star.
My Opinion: Thomas Robinson is exactly what the Wizards need size, athleticism and adds depth.
Scenario 4: The Wizards trade the pick for a veteran player and move down in the draft. There have been reports that multiple teams are interested in the #2 pick.
Downside: It’s extremely difficult to evaluate the value of having the #2 pick in the draft. It is also difficult to ensure the veteran player that the Wizards would trade the pick for would sign a long-term deal.
My Opinion: Keep the pick there are very few players that would be worth the pick and willing to stay with the Wizards for the long haul.
Historically the Wizards have been subpar in regards to evaluating talent and drafting players. This draft provides enough options for the Wizards to right the ship and build towards the future. One very positive aspect of the options available to the Wizards is that, no matter whom they draft it will enable them to get rid of Andray Blatche.
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